Swedish gear maker Ericsson has bagged a contract worth $300 million (about Rs 2,040 crore) from Vodafone India to deploy 4G in UP West, Rajasthan, Odisha, North East and Assam telecom zones, report said on Wednesday.
“The deployment of 4G LTE network is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017. Ericsson, under this contract, is deploying its full radio system portfolio that offers 50% improved energy efficiency,” a source was quoted as saying by Economic Times.
However, Ericsson and Vodafone have not made any official announcement in this regard. The domestic arm of the British telecom firm, Vodafone India is expanding its network and ramping up its capacities.
Vodafone India had earlier given network rollout contracts for its 4G circles, including 4G LTE deployment and expansion deal worth €450-500 million (about Rs3,650 crore) to Nokia. It gave a similar contract to Huawei in Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi circles.
Also, Vodafone awarded a multi-year managed services contract, worth €200 million (about Rs 1,420 crore) to Nokia, which covers several telecom circles.
Last year, it had reportedly given a three-year managed services and network operations contract worth $180-220 million to Huawei in some circles.
Vodafone India has already launched 4G services across all 17 circles planned.